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SSC CGL Syllabus 2020 PDF: Topics You Should Not Miss for Exam Preparation

Staff Selection Committee (SSC) has begun with the recruitment procedure for the SSC CGL  examination to fill up 9372 vacancies in 2020. The students await the release of the admit card. As the exam is scheduled to be conducted in the month of March so, the students have ample amount of time to prepare for this examination and give their best shot.


Exam Name SSC CGL 
Mode of exam Online
Selection Tier l, ll, lll, lV
Scheduled March

Now, before we dive into the SSC CGL Syllabus for all the tiers, it is important for every candidate to know the pattern of the selection procedure. Check the following block to be well acquainted with the selection procedure:

Tier Type of Exam Duration
Tier l Objective Multiple Choice 1 Hour
Tier ll Objective Multiple Choice 1 Hour
Tier ll Descriptive type exam 1 Hour
Tier lV Qualifying in nature

SSC CGL Syllabus: Tier l

The SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier l comprises of four sections. Each section consists of 25 marks which sum up to 100 marks. The duration of the exam is 1 Hour. The section-wise detail of the exam are given as follows:

Section Questions Marks
General Intelligence and Reasoning 25 50
Quantitative Aptitude 25 50
General Awareness 25 50
English Language and comprehension 25 50
Total 100 200

SSC CGL Syllabus to be covered under each section are as follows:

SSC CGL Syllabus: General Intelligence and Reasoning

  • Classification
  • Analogy
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Puzzle
  • Matrix
  • Word Formation
  • Venn Diagram
  • Direction and Distance
  • Blood Relations
  • Series
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Non-verbal reasoning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Emotional & Social Intelligence

SSC CGL Syllabus: General Awareness

  • Static General Knowledge(Indian History, Culture, etc)
  • Science
  • Current Affairs
  • Sports
  • Books and Authors
  • Important Schemes
  • Portfolios
  • People in the News
  • Computers
  • Awards and their importance
  • Geography
  • Economy
  • Polity
  • Population Census

SSC CGL Syllabus: Quantitative Aptitude

  • Simplification
  • Interest
  • Averages
  • Percentage
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Problem on ages
  • Speed, Distance and Time
  • Number system
  • Mensuration
  • Data interpretation
  • Time and Work
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry

SSC CGL Syllabus: English Language and Intelligence

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Filling in the blanks
  • Spellings
  • Phrases and Idioms
  • One word substitution
  • Sentence correction
  • Error spotting
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms


SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier ll

The SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier ll covers four papers- Quantitative Aptitude, English Language and comprehension, statistics, and general studies (finance & economics). Paper l and Paper ll are compulsory for all the candidates. Paper lll has to be written by the candidates who have applied for the Junior Statistical Officer (JSO) post. Paper lV has to be written by the students who have applied for the post of Assistant Audit Officer/ Assistant Accounts Officer.

Paper Subject Number of questions Duration
l Quantitative Ability 100 2 Hours
ll English Language and comprehension 200 2 Hours
lll Statistics 100 2 Hours
lV General Studies(Finance and Economics) 100 2 Hours

SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier ll, sections wise topics to be covered by the candidates are the following

SSC CGL Syllabus: Quantitative Ability

  • Simplification
  • Interest
  • Averages
  • Percentage
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Speed, Distance and Time
  • Number System
  • Mensuration
  • Data interpretation
  • Time and Work
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Data sufficiency

SSC CGL Syllabus: English Language and Comprehension

  • Reading comprehension
  • Spelling
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Phrases and Idioms
  • One word substitution
  • Sentence correction
  • Error spotting
  • Cloze test
  • Para jumbles
  • Synonyms- Antonyms
  • Active- Passive Voice
  • Direct-Indirect Speech

SSC CGL Syllabus: Statistics

  • Collection and representation of Data
  • Measure of Dispersion
  • The measure of central tendency
  • Moments, Skewness, and kurtosis
  • Correlation and regression
  • Random variables
  • Sampling theory
  • Analysis and variance
  • Time Series Analysis
  • Index Number

SSC CGL Syllabus: General Studies


  • Financial Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Accounting
  • Single and double entry
  • Bank Reconciliation
  • Profit and loss appropriation
  • Depreciation Accounting
  • Trading
  • Valuation of Inventories
  • Bills of exchange
  • Self-balancing ledgers
  • Manufacturing


  • Comptroller and Auditor General of India
  • Roles and Responsibility
  • Finance commission
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Central problems of an economy
  • Production Possibility Curve
  • Theory of Demand and Supply
  • Theory of Production and cost
  • Forms of Market
  • Price determination
  • Indian Economy
  • Economic Reforms of India
  • Monetary and Banking
  • Role of Information Technology in Governance

SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier lll

SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier lll has to be taken offline. It is a descriptive paper where the candidate’s language proficiency, vocabulary, grammar knowledge and writing skills are to be tested.

The candidates are required to write essay, precis, letter and application under 60 minutes.

The questions asked are based on 10+2 level. Although the exam is qualifying in nature, the candidates are required to secure 33% in this tier.

To prepare well for this Tier, candidates are suggested to read numerous articles from various newspaper. Apart from reading the students can practice letter and application writing.

SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier IV

SSC CGL Syllabus for Tier lV exam comprises of a couple of skill test which the candidates are required to be cleared for certain government posts. The following syllabus has to be practised to clear this exam.

Data Entry Speed Test (DEST)

It tests the typing speed of the candidates.

2000 key depressions for a duration of 15 minutes

Computer Proficiency Test (CPT)

  • Word Processing
  • Generation of Slides
  • Spreadsheet

The last step involves document verification. The candidates are required to submit the relevant documents to be selected for the applied post. It is important for the candidates to clear all the tiers for the final selection.

The candidates are suggested to cover all the major topics to ace this examination. The practice is the key to success and holds true in most of the case. It will also help to attain accuracy and would help score well in the exam.


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